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Kindly help on how to deal with the case of an employee who inform us that she is pregnant but wants to get married in India immediately. But here in UAE, it is not legal to get pregnant out of wedlock. What to do on case? Please help
From United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Dear Ruby,
Tell the employee to go to India, get married and then resume duties. With marriage certificate at hand, she will become eligible to avail of the maternity leave.
Thanks,
Dinesh Divekar
From India, Bangalore
Thank you for the information. I really appreciate your response.
But will it not affect the company knowing the situation of the staff? We all know that getting pregnant in UAE out of marriage can be a ground for imprisonment or deportation of the staff. Is it advisable NOT to let her continue to work with the company?
From United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Dear Ruby,
Has the woman employee has given official information to the company on her pregnancy? Is there any law that stipulates notice to the employer in case of pregnancy? If not, then officially you do not know about her pregnancy. Sooner you came to know about her pregnancy, you should have told her to rush to India to get married. 1-2 months after return, she can officially communicate to your company about her impending delivery. Pregnancy can be considered as "premature delivery".
Of course, for the machinations like this, you need support from the top management. It all depends on her level in the organisation, how important this woman employee is etc. Otherwise, option of telling her to quit the employment always exists!
Thanks,
Dinesh Divekar
From India, Bangalore
Thank you so much for the advise
From United Arab Emirates, Dubai



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